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Penlac® Nail Lacquer
(ciclopirox) Topical Solution, 8%
For use on fingernails and toenails and immediately adjacent skin only.
Not for use in eyes
PENLAC® NAIL LACQUER (ciclopirox) Topical Solution, 8%, contains a synthetic antifungal agent, ciclopirox. It is intended for topical use on fingernails and toenails and immediately adjacent skin.
Each gram of PENLAC® NAIL LACQUER (ciclopirox) Topical Solution, 8%, contains 80 mg ciclopirox in a solution base consisting of ethyl acetate, NF; isopropyl alcohol, USP; and butyl monoester of poly[methylvinyl ether/maleic acid] in isopropyl alcohol. Ethyl acetate and isopropyl alcohol are solvents that vaporize after application.
PENLAC ®NAIL LACQUER (ciclopirox) Topical Solution, 8%, is a clear, colorless to slightly yellowish solution.
The chemical name for ciclopirox is 6-cyclohexyl-1-hydroxy-4-methyl-2(1H)-pyridone, with the empirical formula C12H17NO2 and a molecular weight of 207.27. The CAS Registry Number is [29342-05-0]. The chemical structure is:
What are the possible side effects of ciclopirox topical?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using ciclopirox and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
- unusual or severe itching, redness, burning, dryness, or irritation of treated skin; or
- discoloration or other changes in the nails.
Less serious side effects may include mild burning, itching, or redness.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for...
What are the precautions when taking ciclopirox topical solution (Penlac)?
Before using ciclopirox, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: diabetes, numbness in fingers/toes (such as diabetic neuropathy).
Before having surgery, tell your doctors or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).
During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
It is unknown if this medication passes into breast milk....
Last reviewed on RxList: 7/29/2008
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
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